"Dead Man's Shadow" as written by Antti Johannes Kokko, Pekka Tapio Kokko, Antti Johannes Kokko, Pekka Tapio Kokko, Janne Tapani Kusmin, Timo Juhani Lehtinen and Marco Sneck....
Tonight I'll see the line of thousand ghosts
Those once were alive behind my eyes
And I'm on the crossfire of my manic thoughts
Under the yoke of the hidden evil

Why did you follow my footsteps?
Why did you present yourself against me?

Now I have to run, I have to leave behind
The things I've done
Over the plains, over the mountain tops
Covered with snow, to the unknown
Into the foreign lands there shall I go
But I know they're after me and it is my time to bleed

Those restless dreams keep on teasing
I can see your eyes just before you died
And the blood red scar between my shoulder blades
It's making me mad

Dead man's shadow
Wavering above me
Dead man's shadow
Restless soul haunting me

Now I have to run, I have to leave behind
The things I've done
Over the plains, over the mountain tops
Covered with snow, to the unknown
Into the foreign lands there shall I go
But I know they're after me and it's my time to bleed

Those restless dreams keep on teasing me
I can see your eyes just before you died
And the blood red scar between my shoulder blades
It's making me mad

Dead man's shadow
Wavering above me
Dead man's shadow
Restless soul haunting me




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"Dead Man's Shadow" as written by Janne Tapani Kusmin Antti Johannes Kokko

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    My InterpretationHmm...
    To me this is about leaving the "ghosts" of your past behind and living in the present.

    "Tonight I'll see the line of thousand ghosts
    Those once were alive behind my eyes
    And I'm on the crossfire of my manic thoughts"

    His bad memories could his thoughts.


    "Now I have to run, I have to leave behind
    The things I've done
    Over the plains, over the mountain tops
    Covered with snow, to the unknown, into the
    Foreign lands there shall I go"

    He is leaving the things he has done or memories.


    "Those restless dreams keep on teasing
    I can see your eyes just before you died"

    He remembers them again.


    "Dead man's shadow!! "

    His past?


    What do you guys think?
    Dishinkeon March 04, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI forgot to mention that this is an amazing song. :)
    Dishinkeon March 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGood interpretation. and badass song
    seekaural10on July 22, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationMy interpretation is that the song's narrator is a soldier or a mercenary who is now forced to escape (either from some material threat or from his past actions), with his past haunting him. The ghosts of those he's killed now follow and torment him.

    "Tonight I'll see the line of thousand ghosts
    Those once were alive behind my eyes"

    He has witnessed the death of many (it is unclear if he himself has killed them or he has just been a witness) and the memory haunts him.

    "Into the foreign lands there shall I go
    But I know they're after me and it is my time to bleed"

    He's escaping but he knows that he's going to suffer. "They" might refer to his thoughts or may refer to some actual people who are after him (which makes sense if he's been a mercenary).

    "Those restless dreams keep on teasing
    I can see your eyes just before you died"

    This one seems to me to either describe the mental pain he's gone through after killing someone in a close encounter (having been able to see the victim's eyes) or after seeing a friend die in his arms.

    "Dead man's shadow
    Wavering above me
    Dead man's shadow
    Restless soul haunting me"

    This part is more in line with the interpretation that he has killed someone.
    Abdolmartinon November 24, 2016   Link

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